Pictured: 2019 Award winners Longleash Trio presented Pauline Oliveros’ Tree Peace, a collection of sonic explorations related to the life-cycle of trees, at Bernheim Forest in Kentucky.
MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
ALUMNI ENTERPRISE AWARDS UPDATE
Revolutionary. Daring. Inspiring.
Santa Barbara, CA — A pioneer of thought leadership in music and the arts, Music Academy of the West announces the launch of the application season for the 2020 Alumni Enterprise Awards, open to all alumni. This unique award funds innovative ideas in areas including artistic expression, audience development, education, community engagement, social justice, and technology.
Winning projects have been ongoing, including a Novel Voices debut at Carnegie Hall, Victory Hall Opera announcing the winner of its Ready.Set competition, and Longleash Trio launching its videography series.
The Alumni Enterprise Awards are generously supported by Regina and Rick Roney and the Ladera Foundation.
“Through the Alumni Enterprise Awards, the Music Academy inspires our alumni to create groundbreaking projects and seeds the industry with innovation and entrepreneurship.These awards have the potential to transform careers and create relevant art that reflects our current society.”
– Music Academy President & CEO Scott Reed
ABOUT THE AWARD
Thirteen alumni have received Alumni Enterprise Awards over the past two years, for a total of $150,000 to support their proposed programs, selected by the Academy’s leaders in collaboration with its distinguished National Advisory Council. In addition to the winning projects, three Innovation Awards were given in 2019 in support of their work, and three Fast Pitch Awards were given to selected 2019 fellows that pitched their biggest and brightest ideas to their peers and esteemed panelists.
2019 award winners also participated in the first-ever Music Academy Entrepreneurship and Innovation Business Residential in March, which supplied attendees with essential business tools. We are thrilled to share with you some of the achievements our winners have made since launching their projects.
2020 Alumni Enterprise Awards applications went live October 1 and are due by November 30, with winners announced by January 15, 2020. This opportunity is available to all alumni. For more information, visit musicacademy.org/awards.
2018/2019 AWARD-WINNING PROJECT UPDATES
EVAN SHINNERS (’09)
2018 award recipient
Following the success of his November 2018 pop-up storefront in NYC, the second Bach Store Variation One was open throughout July 2019 in New York’s financial district.
MOLLY CARR (’07), ANNA PETROVA (’17)
2018 award recipients
The Carr-Petrova Duo celebrates their Novel Voices Refugee Project in the duo’s Carnegie Hall debut on October 28, mounted to raise awareness about the lives and struggles of refugees across the globe.
BRENDA PATTERSON (’00)
2018/2019 award recipient
Victory Hall Opera [VHO] announced the winning design of the Ready.Set Competition. Architect Yimeng Teng’s set design will be unveiled on stage this November during VHO’s production of Haydn’s Armida.
JOHN POPHAM (’05, ’06)
2019 award recipient
Longleash Trio presented Pauline Oliveros’ Tree Peace, a collection of sonic explorations related to the life-cycle of trees, at Bernheim Forest in Kentucky. This represents the first piece in the winning videography project series
BERNARDO BERMUDEZ (’11)
2019 award recipient
In May 2019, the original children’s fairytale opera was performed for over 5,000 elementary school students at San Diego’s Balboa Theater. Repeat performances with the San Diego Opera are scheduled for May 2020.
ABOUT THE MUSIC ACADEMY OF THE WEST
The Music Academy of the West advances the development of 21st century classically trained musicians and cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences. Founded in 1947, the Academy operates on a 10-acre, ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, California. Music Academy of the West’s world-renowned eight-week Summer Festival offers nearly 200 events. Programs comprise voice, vocal piano, collaborative piano, instrumental, and solo piano. The Academy began a four-year partnership with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2018 focused on education and performance on both continents. For more information, visit musicacademy.org.
photos courtesy of the artists
Released: October 1, 2019
Director of Marketing and Communications
Music Academy of the West